Purifoy's use to be monitored


Loucheiz Purifoy could play 100 snaps a game.

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Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

Purifoy's use to be monitored

With starting cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy all set to go back over and play some offense for the Florida Gators, one of the coaches' goals for the three-way player goes into immediate effect.

Make sure he doesn't become one gassed Gator, not just in camp the next few weeks, but during games throughout the season.

While Purifoy is out there defending passes, catching passes and making plays on special teams, the coaches plan to monitor the number of plays he's getting and how he's holding up physically.

“That's one of those things you have to manage and control throughout the game,” UF defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said Wednesday. “It depends on the situation and what the environment is, how hot it is and all those things. He's a guy that we're gonna keep close track of that.

“Even last year with him not playing really much offense at all, you know a couple snaps later in the year, we watch his snaps because he was a big special teams player for us as well.

“So it was a matter of, we had a snap count going throughout the game of how much he's playing on defense and special teams, now you add another element into the mix.”

If Purifoy becomes a factor at wide receiver (something the coaches seem confident will happen), the junior's plate is not going to be just full this fall, it's going to be overflowing.

He's starting at cornerback, one of the Gators' top players on special teams and now will also be stretching the field for the offense running fly routes and post-corner routes.

It is conceivable that Purifoy could end up playing more than 100 plays a game, something similar to what Georgia two-way player Champ Bailey did a decade ago.

“Yeah, I think so,” Durkin said. “The guy's in good condition, he can run and go all day. We've all seen it here before. Last year he was playing defense every snap and you see us punting the ball or kicking off and he's the first one running down the field. He did a great job with it. So I think obviously he can do it, we feel he can do it, and we'll just continue working that way. That's something that's very fluid to me.

“The thing about Loucheiz is he's a guy that obviously everyone needs breaks every now and then to get your wind back. But he can run all day and he's a great competitor. He's a hard guy to keep off the field, he wants to be out there and we just have to be smart about that, and we will.”

Durkin said there has been no decision made on how many snaps would be the maximum for Purifoy this season.

“I don't know what that certain number is,” he said. “A lot depends on (how things go) throughout a game. Every game is different.

“You're facing a spread offensive team that's going hurry up and you get a lot of snaps on defense. And they're also running around covering a lot, also covering kicks. We have to watch it. One of those things we talk about throughout the game.”

Durkin said he's been at other schools where players have had success playing both ways. Purifoy, of course, will take it one step further, playing three ways.

The coaches seem to feel that Purifoy can excel at it. They're going to give him the chance.

“My thought is if you have a guy that can do it and help you, you do it,” Durkin said. “You manage it throughout the game. We're very cognizant of what's going on. You just talk about it, you talk to the young man and see how he feels and play it out.”

While making sure Purifoy isn't all played out.

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